Movie Review: BLADE RUNNER 2049 (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

BLADE RUNNER 2049 was directed by Denis Villeneuve and stars Ryan Gosling as K, and Harrison Ford, reprising the role of Rick Deckard.  The main international cast also includes Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri and Lennie James, with Dave Bautista and Jared LetoBlade Runner 2049 was produced by Andrew A. Kosove & Broderick Johnson and Bud Yorkin & Cynthia Sikes Yorkin.  Multiple Oscar nominee Ridley Scott, who directed the first Blade Runner, is an executive producer.  Bill Carraro served as executive producer and unit production manager.

Three decades after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Blade Runner 2049 takes place thirty years after the events of the original sci-fi classic and follows Joe (Ryan Gosling), this new gen blade runner who is also a replicant and a misfit to those around him. He’s looked down on as he simply tries to do his job and exist in this gritty and violent future. He lives a simple life away from work and has Joi (Ana de Armas), his A.I. love interest that he comes home to and the two actually care for each other. What happens is, when Joe discovers this long-buried secret and the wrong people find out about it, he goes on the run to locate Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) who has been in hiding for the past thirty years and this secret ties directly to him. Niander Wallace (Jard Leto) is aware of the secret so he sends his sinister henchwoman Luv (Sylvia Hoeks) hot on their trail and it all ends up in a violent showdown. In the end Joe is able to keep Deckard safe and get him to his final destination which is also tied deeply to the heavily guarded secret.

Even though the first Blade Runner movie wasn’t a box office success it has built a loyal fanbase over the years and has had countless home video releases, so many so, I believe it holds some kind of a home video release record. Just like the original, this follow up is a beautiful cinematic experience and takes everything to the next level. Replicants now hold positions they once weren’t allowed to be in and the technology has advanced even further. Watching Ryan Gosling’s character meet Harrison Ford’s iconic character was a blast and the journey was so much fun to watch. Blade Runner 2049 isn’t dialogue heavy so it relies more on the situations, interactions, scenery, music and action. The design of everything looks like we’ve been zapped right back into a continuation of the first movie because everything is just so detailed to the max. Did I mention there’s a few cameos that show up from the original? Oh yeah! Denis Villeneuve delivered a near perfect cinematic experience that’s loaded with stunning imagery and visuals created by some jaw-dropping special effects. If there is a flaw to the movie I’d say it’s the extremely long run time.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Blade Runner 2049 was a seamless continuation to this dystopian sci-fi universe that we were first introduced to back in 1982, and just like the original, this sequel is also destined to become a classic. The thought-provoking story (almost puzzle-like) focuses on this journey taken by a new blade runner who discovers this secret that’s linked to the main character from the first movie and this secret ultimately brings these two characters together. All of the characters were interesting and the cast did a great job bringing them to life. There were some amazing sets built for this epic slice of sci-fi cinema and it’s all topped off by some stunning special effects which are a combination of practical and visual spectacles. There’s also Denis Villeneuve’s impressive eye for directing that’s complimented nicely by some beautiful cinematography by Roger Deakins. One thing is for sure and that’s Denis Villeneuve is a master storyteller. Blade Runner 2049 is the perfect companion piece to Ridley Scott’s original sci-fi classic and will be available on Blu-ray+DVD+Combo Pack on January 16th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 164 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 / English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / EDA 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Great Stuff! The extras include two behind-the-scenes featurettes, three short films that take place between the two movies, six mini-vignettes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Designing The World of Blade Runner 2049 (21:55)
  • To Be Human: Casting Blade Runner 2049 (17:15)
  • Prologues: 2036: Nexus Dawn (06:31)
  • Prologues: 2048: Nowhere to Run (05:49)
  • Prologues: 2022: Black Out (15:45)
  • Blade Runner 101: Blade Runners (01:33)
  • Blade Runner 101: The Replicant Evolution (02:07)
  • Blade Runner 101: The Rise of Wallace Corp (01:50)
  • Blade Runner 101: Welcome to 2049 (02:04)
  • Blade Runner 101: Joi (02:21)
  • Blade Runner 101: Within the Skies (01:23)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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